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Summer 2016 Program Highlights


FATHER KNOWS BEST (6-15-50) Robert Young stars as Jim Anderson, with June Whitley as Margaret, Rhoda Williams as Betty, Ted Donaldson as Bud, Norma Jean Nilsson as Cathy. Jim’s family wants to surprise him on Father’s Day, but he surprises them by accepting an invitation for a fishing trip. Cast includes Herb Vigran, Eleanor Audley, Sam Edwards. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (29 min)
BILL STERN SPORTS NEWSREEL (10-25-46) Broadcasting from New York City, the famous sportscaster welcomes guest Gene Autry. Colgate Shave Cream, NBC. (15 min) Read the article about Gene Autry in the Spring 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
THE THIRD MAN (9-14-51) “Love Affair” starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the character he played in the film The Third Man. Harry goes to Saudi Arabia to negotiate an oil lease and encounters a beautiful young American. Syndicated. (29 min)
EASY ACES (1940s) An isolated episode of the series, starring Goodman and Jane Ace, with Mary Hunter as Marge. Jane’s brother has bought two suits and charged them to Ace’s account. Syndicated. (12 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (2-26-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, announcer Ken Carpenter, Lou Bring and the Orchestra and guest David Niven in a show broadcast from Palm Springs, California. David talks to Al about making a picture in England; Al sings “Chicago” and “Among My Souvenirs.” Kraft Foods, NBC. (29 min)
SEALTEST VILLAGE STORE (10-30-47) Jack Carson stars, with Eve Arden, Dave Willock, singer Marion Morgan, announcer Hy Averback, Peter Leeds, Frank Nelson, Frank DeVol and the Orchestra. Jack plans to do a sketch titled “The Home Life of Al Jolson,” so Warner Bros. sends a voice coach over to help him. Sealtest, NBC. (28 min)
DRAGNET (8-18-49) With Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday and Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero in the eleventh show of the series. The city is wracked by a sudden wave of jewel thefts. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)


ONE OUT OF SEVEN (3-13-46) Jack Webb performs all of the voices in this show devoted to an important news story from the previous week. This program examines varying opinions concerning the possibility of a Third World War. Sustaining, ABC. (15 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (4-24-44) “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” a radio adaptation of the 1938 film, narrated by Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, with Jane Powell in the title role, Billy Gilbert as Sneezy and Bergen as Prince Charming! Lady Esther Products, CBS. (29 min)
CRIME CLASSICS (10-14-53) “The Seven-Layered Arsenic Cake of Madame LaFarge” is the story of a woman in 19th Century Paris who is accused of poisoning her husband. Lou Merrill is host Thomas Hyland, with Eve McVeagh, Irene Tedrow, Joseph Kearns, William Conrad. Plymouth, CBS. (29 min)
HERE’S TO VETERANS (1955) Guest Bob Hope talks about the Department of Veterans Affairs and presents songs and highlights from his latest film, The Seven Little Foys. Veterans Administration, Syndicated. (14 min)
WILD BILL HICKOK (6-10-51) “The Case of the Unlucky Seven” starring Guy Madison as Wild Bill and Andy Devine as Jingles. Wild Bill and Jingles are asked to investigate when seven gentlemen disappear from the town of Black City. Cast includes Forrest Lewis, Barney Phillips. Kellogg’s Corn Pops, MBS. (25 min)
EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (9-29-46) As post-war appliance production resumes, Eddie finds himself in possession of seven washing machines! With Harry Von Zell, singer Margaret Whiting, Jim Backus (as Hubert Updyke III), John Brown, Edgar Fairchild and the Orchestra and guests George Burns and Gracie Allen. Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, NBC. (30 min)
THE WHISTLER (2-3-47) “Seven Steps to Murder” starring John Brown and William Johnstone, with Howard Duff, Paul Frees, William Conrad, Bill Forman as the Whistler. A rivalry between two newspaper columnists heats up when one of them writes a negative review of the other’s play. Signal Oil, CBS. (30 min)


SUNNY MEADOWS PROGRAM (1928-1929) Composite broadcast. Transcribed shows recorded in Chicago, featuring Ray Miller and His Orchestra, singer Mary Williams and host “Sunny Meadows.” Tunes played include “Angry,” “Doin’ The Raccoon,” and “Me And The Man In The Moon.” Meadows Manufacturing Company. (24 min)
ANSON WEEKS AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1932) Studio broadcast recorded in San Francisco; Anson and the band play “Beside A Dutch Canal,” “My Silent Love,” “Singin’ In The Rain,” “A Great Big Bunch Of You,” and other titles. Vocals by “Mona Lowe”; announcer is Walter Bunker Jr. Syndicated. (12 min)
LUCKY STRIKE HOUR (12-1-32) Excerpts of a broadcast from New York City featuring “Sixty modern minutes with the world’s finest dance orchestras.” Walter O’Keefe hosts, with guests George Olsen and His Orchestra and vocalists Ethel Shutta, Charles Chester, Fran Frey and Dick “Hotcha” Gardner. American Tobacco Company, NBC. (21 min)
GUS ARNHEIM AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1931) “The star of entertainers and entertainer of stars” and vocalist Loyce Whiteman in a studio broadcast from Los Angeles. The orchestra plays “Star Dust,” “When The Night Is Young,” and “Egyptian Shimmy.” Syndicated. (13 min)
JIMMIE GRIER AND HIS COCOANUT GROVE ORCHESTRA (1933) Studio broadcast recorded in Los Angeles, with vocalists Kenny Allen and Donald Novis. The Grier band plays “Used To Be You,” “I Still Bring Roses To You,” and “Goopy Geer.” Syndicated. (13 min)
EDDIE SOUTH AND HIS INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA (1933) “The Dark Angel of the Violin” and his band present a quarter hour program recorded in Hollywood. Tunes include “Ay! Mama Ines” and “What A Perfect Combination.” Cheloni Skin Products, Syndicated. (15 min)
AMERICAN REVIEW (10-22-33) Broadcast from New York City featuring Ethel Waters, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra featuring Joe Venuti, and emcee George Beatty. Ethel sings “To Be Or Not To Be,” “Dinah” and “Stormy Weather”; the Dorseys play “Stay On The Right Side Of The Road,” and “Swingy Little Thingy.” Harry Von Zell announces. American Oil Company, CBS. (30 min)
BEAL-TAYLOR ORCHESTRA (1934) A remote from the Venetian Room of the Hotel Fairmont in San Francisco, with vocals by Horace Perazzi, Marjorie Beattie and Clarence Hayes. Selections include “Tea For Two” and “Here Come The British.” NBC-Blue West Coast/Syndicated. (11 min)
GRIFF WILLIAMS-JIMMY WALSH AND THEIR ORCHESTRA (1934) Remote broadcast from Peacock Court, Hotel Mark Hopkins, San Francisco. Numbers include “And I Still Do,” and “Love In Bloom.” Vocals by Buddy Moreno, June MacCloy, Monte Kelly and Steven Merrill. NBC-Blue West Coast/Syndicated. (13 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about the bands who were part of the early years of the swing era.


THIS IS YOUR FBI (12-23-49) “The Return of St. Nick” starring Stacy Harris as Special Agent Jim Taylor. A boy asks the FBI to investigate when a local settlement’s Santa Claus disappears. Equitable Life Assurance Society, ABC. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 19 of the series, starring Sally Creighton as Patricia Gregory, Rosa Barcelo as her daughter Joan. Having spent 48 hours together on the Magic Island, the Gregorys, Tex Bradford and Jerry Hall discuss their latest effort to send word to the outside world. Syndicated. (12 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 20 of the series. The villainous G-47 has captured the pigeon and Tex Bradford’s formula. Syndicated. (12 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-1-55) “The Bishop’s Wife” starring Cary Grant and Phyllis Thaxter in a radio version of the 1947 film. A suave angel arrives on Earth to help a bishop and his wife raise money for a new church. With Les Tremayne, Herb Butterfield, Herb Vigran, Howard McNear. Irving Cummings hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (34 min & 14 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 21 of the series. Tex reveals a secret concerning his formula. Syndicated. (12 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 22 of the series. Joan takes Jerry on a tour of the island. Syndicated. (12 min)
COUPLE NEXT DOOR (12-29-58) Starring Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce, with Francie Meyer as Betsy and Margaret Hamilton as Aunt Effie. A few days after Christmas, Betsy finds a mysterious Christmas present on the tree. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 23 of the series. Joan and Jerry are trapped in an underground elevator. Syndicated. (12 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 24 of the series. Tex has a plan to get away from the island and get a message to Johnson. Syndicated. (12 min)


DUFFY’S TAVERN (4-12-46) Ed Gardner stars as Archie the manager, with Eddie Green, Charlie Cantor as Clifton Finnegan, Sandra Gould as Miss Duffy and guest Marie “The Body” McDonald. Archie’s in love with Marie and pretends to be a millionaire to get her attention. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 25 of the series. As Pat, Joan and Jerry wait for Tex Bradford to return from his mission, G-47 informs them that the island is to be submerged. Syndicated. (12 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 26 of the series. As the island begins to submerge, the mast of the Gregory yacht is damaged. Syndicated. (12 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (11-20-15) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Charlotte Rae, speaking from her home in California, as she looks back on her radio, television and stage career and talks about her autobiography, The Facts of My Life. Recorded by Jim Zarembski in Niles, Illinois. (39 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Summer 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
FRED ALLEN SHOW (5-2-48) With Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, Minerva Pious, Peter Donald, The DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and the Orchestra and guest Henry Morgan, who is selling his sponsor’s product door-to-door. The Allen’s Alley question is “Are you interested in music?” Ford Motors, NBC. (30 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 27 of the series. Tex returns to the yacht as the island continues to submerge. Syndicated. (12 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 28 of the series. Jerry and Joan receive a coded response from Johnson. Syndicated. (12 min)
LUM AND ABNER (11-7-48) Chester Lauck is Lum and Norris Goff is Abner, with Clarence Hartzell, Cliff Arquette, Isabel Randolph, Felix Mills and the Orchestra. Lum brags about his experience as a cowhand and winds up entered in a rodeo contest at Mt. Idy. Wendell Niles announces. Frigidaire, CBS. (29 min)

JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (12-17-47) With Arthur Treacher, Candy Candido, Peggy Lee, announcer Howard Petrie, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra and guest Victor Moore, who offers to help Jimmy with his political career. Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 29 of the series. Joan and Jerry board a Euclidian submarine and meet the commander. Syndicated. (12 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (2-25-46) “Wuthering Heights” starring Merle Oberon, Cornel Wilde and Reed Hadley in a radio adaptation of the classic story by Emily Bronte. Truman Bradley announces. Lady Esther Products, CBS. (30 min) Read the article about Cornel Wilde in the Summer 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 30 of the series. The submarine commander forces Jerry to send a message to Johnson. Syndicated. (12 min)
LIFE WITH LUIGI (4-15-52) Starring J. Carroll Naish as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, Jody Gilbert as Rosa, Hans Conried as Schultz, Joe Forte, Ken Peters, Mary Shipp, Hal March. Luigi is suffering from insomnia and Pasquale sends him to an obstetrician. Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum, CBS. (30 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 31 of the series. G-47 invites Tex and Pat to see the interior of the submarine where Jerry and Joan are being held. Syndicated. (12 min) MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 32 of the series. The submarine heads toward Johnson’s boat. Syndicated. (12 min)
SUSPENSE (3-29-54) “Somebody Help Me” starring Cornel Wilde in the story of “a murderer... and how he spent seven hours with a young lady before he killed her.” Cast includes Mary Jane Croft, Cathy Lewis, Hy Averback, Sam Edwards. Auto-Lite, CBS. (29 min)


BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (1-15-36) George and Gracie from early in their radio careers, with announcer Ted Husing, singer Milton Watson, violinist Jacques Renard and his orchestra. The case spoofs the movie Rain with Gracie in the Joan Crawford role. Campbell’s Tomato Juice, CBS. (29 min) Read the article about George Burns and Gracie Allen in the Summer 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 33 of the series. Jerry is instructed to send a message to the submarine. Syndicated. (12 min)
CALLING ALL CARS (4-24-36) “The Beer Bottle Murder Case” narrated by Charles Lindsley. The body of a murdered woman is found in a vacant house. Rio Grande Oil Co., CBS/Don Lee. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 34 of the series. The commander plans to use the submarine’s ray on Johnson’s boat. Syndicated. (12 min)
DEATH VALLEY DAYS (8-27-36) Jack MacBryde is the Old Ranger, who narrates the true story of “Sam Bass, Outlaw,” remembered as a Robin Hood of the Old West. 20 Mule Team Borax, NBC. (30 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 35 of the series. Tex contacts Johnson and learns why the boat avoided its rendezvous with the submarine. Syndicated. (12 min)
TIM AND IRENE SHOW (9-20-36) Tim and Irene Noblette Ryan (“The Sweethearts of the Variety Stage”) star in this summer replacement for Jack Benny, a throwback to the days of vaudeville. With announcer Don Wilson, singer Martin Boles, Donald Voorhees and the orchestra. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 36 of the series. The submarine approaches Johnson’s boat after determining it has run out of fuel. Syndicated. (12 min)


FOUR-STAR PLAYHOUSE (8-14-49) “The Hunted” starring Robert Cummings as a man who helps a woman in distress, only to become involved in murder. Cast: Lurene Tuttle, William Conrad, Wilms Herbert, Lawrence Dobkin. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 37 of the series. Tex, Pat and G-47 hear from Johnson after his boat is captured. Syndicated. (12 min)
JOHNNY MERCER’S MUSIC SHOP (1940s) Johnny Mercer hosts this musical program, with Jo Stafford, The Pied Pipers, Paul Weston and the Orchestra, announcer Wendell Niles and guest Roberta Lee, who sings “It Had to Be You.” Johnny performs “Dance With the Dolly.” AFRS rebroadcast. (14 min) Read the article about Johnny Mercer in the Summer 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 38 of the series. Jerry talks to the Commander about life beyond the island. Syndicated. (12 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (1-4-45) Bing Crosby stars, with Eugenie Baird, The Charioteers, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Carpenter and guest Johnny Mercer, who sings “My Poor Old Heart” and joins Bing for “The Waiter, the Porter and the Upstairs Maid.” Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 39 of the series. Joan is reunited with her mother and Tex Bradford, who reveals important news about Johnson. Syndicated. (12 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #152 (12-2-44) It’s a “Salute to Tin Pan Alley” with mistress of ceremonies Irene Dunne, Connie Haines, The Pied Pipers and songwriters Jimmy McHugh, Johnny Mercer, Jerome Kern, Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen and Hoagy Carmichael. Johnny sings “Blues in the Night”; Irene sings “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” AFRS. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 40 of the series. Tex tells Pat, Joan and Jerry about the formula in G-47’s possession. Syndicated. (12 min)
BOSTON BLACKIE (5-7-47) Dick Kollmar stars as Blackie, with Jan Miner as Mary Wesley and Maurice Tarplin as Inspector Faraday. Mary’s neighbor asks for help when she is convinced her husband plans to murder her. Syndicated. (26 min)


MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 41 of the series. Jerry and Joan reveal their plans to the submarine commander. Syndicated. (11 min)
MY FRIEND IRMA (12-15-47) Marie Wilson stars as Irma Peterson, with Cathy Lewis as Jane, John Brown as Al, Hans Conried as Professor Kropotkin. Irma’s disappointed because she wants to go dancing but Al doesn’t do the rhumba. Swan Soap, CBS. (30 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 42 of the series. G-47 reveals to Joan and Jerry that his work on Tex’s formula is almost complete. Syndicated. (11 min)
MERCURY THEATRE OF THE AIR (7-18-38) “Treasure Island,” starring Orson Welles as Long John Silver, with Arthur Anderson as young Jim Hawkins, in a radio adaptation of the story by Robert Louis Stevenson about a search for buried treasure. Cast includes Agnes Moorehead, George Coulouris, Ray Collins, Alfred Shirley. Dan Seymour announces. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min and 34 min) Arthur Anderson died on April 9, 2016 at the age of 93.
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 43 of the series. Jerry and Joan escape from the laboratory and head back to the yacht. Syndicated. (11 min)
MELODY HOUR (6-6-48) Buddy Clark stars, with Percy Faith and the Orchestra and guests The Three Suns, who perform “Hindustan.” Buddy sings “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” and “If I Had My Life to Live Over Again.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 44. The crew plans to transfer oil from Johnson’s damaged boat. Syndicated. (11 min)


FAVORITE STORY (3-11-47) “The Three Musketeers” is a radio adaptation of the swashbuckling tale by Alexandre Dumas, the favorite story of boxer Gene Tunney. Ronald Colman hosts, with Howard Duff as D’Artagnan. Syndicated. (28 min) Read the article about The Three Musketeers in the Summer 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 45 of the series. While Tex is carrying out a plan to escape from the island, Jerry confides his own plans to Joan. Syndicated. (11 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (3-19-47) Harold Peary is GIldy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Louise Erickson as Marjorie, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker. When Gildy is unable to deposit the Water Department’s money before the bank closes, he must keep the money at his house overnight. Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 46 of the series. Joan and Jerry tell Tex and Pat about their plan to sabotage the island’s power chambers. Syndicated. (11 min)
LUKE SLAUGHTER OF TOMBSTONE (5-4-58) Sam Buffington stars as Luke Slaughter, “Civil War cavalry man turned Arizona cattleman.” A friend of Luke, running as a delegate to Congress, is tricked into buying a salted gold mine. With Junius Matthews as Wichita, Joe DeSantis, Jack Moyles, Barney Phillips. Participating sponsors, CBS. (26 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 47 of the series. Joan leads Jerry toward the radio control rooms. Syndicated. (11 min)
INFORMATION PLEASE (6-20-39) It’s “Time to stump the experts,” as moderator Clifton Fadiman asks questions of regulars Franklin P. Adams and John Kieran and guest experts John Gunther and Gracie Allen. Canada Dry, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about George Burns and Gracie Allen in the Summer 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 48 of the series. Joan suggests a plan for evading the island guards. Syndicated. (11 min)


Read the article about radio teenagers in the Summer 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.

ALDRICH FAMILY (5-11-44) Ezra Stone is Henry, with Jackie Kelk as Homer, House Jamison and Kathryn Raht as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich. Henry receives a letter from a mysterious girl. Dan Seymour announces. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 49 of the series. Joan and Jerry hatch a plan to trick the Euclidian guard. Syndicated. (11 min)
MEET CORLISS ARCHER (8-11-46) Janet Waldo is Corliss, with Sam Edwards as Dexter. When Corliss needs money for her parents’ anniversary gift, she takes a job as a baby-sitter without telling them. Del Sharbutt announces. Campbell’s Soup, CBS. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 50 of the series. Jerry and Joan prepare to open the valves. Syndicated. (11 min)
HARDY FAMILY (1-10-52) Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone and Fay Holden are the Hardys, re-creating the roles they played in the MGM movie series. Andy has joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce and must play host to a champion skier. Jack McCoy announces. Syndicated. (27 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 51 of the series. Jerry makes an emergency broadcast to Johnson. Syndicated. (12 min)
A DATE WITH JUDY (5-18-48) Louise Erickson is Judy Foster, with Dix Davis as Randolph, Richard Crenna as Oogie Pringle, John Brown and Myra Marsh as Mr. and Mrs. Foster. Judy gets an invitation to the spring dance but laments that she has nothing to wear. Ken Niles announces. Tums, NBC. (29 min)
MAGIC ISLAND (1930s) Chapter 52 of the series. The island sinks and our heroes escape! Syndicated. (11 min)

SPOTLIGHT BANDS (11-22-41) Glenn Miller and His Orchestra are the featured “Spotlight Champion of Champions” with the best-selling record of the week, from New York City. Songs include “In The Mood,” “Elmer’s Tune,” “Sunrise Serenade” “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Al Helfer announces. Coca-Cola, MBS. (30 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #163 (3-29-43) Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra play for servicemen stationed at the AAFTC Basic Training Center #8 in Fresno, California. Barbara Canvin sings “As Time Goes By”; the Dorsey band plays “Zonky.” Announcer is Jackson Wheeler. Special Services Division (SSD) rebroadcast. (15 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #327 (10-6-43) Broadcast from Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky, featuring Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra, with vocalists Rubel Blakely and Dinah Washington. Selections include “I Heard You Cried Last Night,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Boogie Woogie.” Michael Roy announces. SSD. (15 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #367 (11-22-43) Freddy Martin and His Orchestra are heard in a broadcast from the Naval Receiving Station, Terminal Island, Long Beach, California. Tunes played include “They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old,” “Shoo-Shoo Baby,” and “Speak Low.” AFRS. (15 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #424 (1-27-44) Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra play for servicemen stationed at the Navy V-12 Unit, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Monroe band plays “Southside,” ‘Holiday For Strings,” “Star Eyes,” and other tunes. Vocals by Vaughn Monroe and Phyllis Lynne. Fred B. Cole announces. Coca-Cola, Blue Network. (25 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #593 (8-11-44) Louis Prima “and the band that plays pretty for the people” broadcasting from Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas, with vocals by Louis Prima and Lily Ann Carol. The Prima band plays “Dance With The Dolly,” “Robin Hood,” “I’ll Walk Alone,” and others. AFRS. (15 min)
VICTORY PARADE OF SPOTLIGHT BANDS #670 (11-9-44) Shep Fields and His Orchestra are heard playing from an unidentified military hospital. Tunes include “The Moon Is Low,” “Let Me Love You Tonight,” and “The Trolley Song.” Vocals by Gene Martin and Tommy Lucas. AFRS. (15 min)
SPOTLIGHT BANDS #894 (9-12-45) Artie Shaw and His Orchestra are the Wednesday night band in the Spotlight, broadcasting from the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California, with vocalist Imogene Lynn. The Shaw band and Gramercy Five play “Tabu,” “Little Jazz” (featuring Roy Eldridge), “Begin The Beguine” and others. Coca-Cola, MBS. (30 min)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about the many bands who appeared on the Spotlight Bands series.


RAILROAD HOUR (10-11-48) “Anything Goes” starring Gordon MacRae and guests Margaret Whiting and Victor Moore in a radio version of the hit musical, with songs by Cole Porter. A stowaway on an ocean liner falls in love with an heiress. Cast includes Betty Lou Gerson, Rolfe Sedan, Herb Vigran. Marvin Miller announces. Association of American Railroads, NBC. (20 min & 16 min & 9 min)
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (2-17-50) Larry Thor is Detective Danny Clover, with Charles Calvert as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia. A man tells Clover he’s going to be murdered and challenges the detective to stop the killer. Cast includes Ann Stone, Virginia Gregg, Elliott Reid, Ted Osborne, Bert Holland, Jack Kruschen. Directed by Elliott Lewis. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (11-20-15) Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with actor Leonard Smith, who recalls his career in radio and his early life in Chicago. Recorded by Jim Zarembski in Niles, Illinois. (40 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (2-27-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, English teacher at Madison High School, with Leonard Smith as Stretch Snodgrass, Gale Gordon as Principal Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin. It’s the eve of a big basketball tournament¡ but Stretch doesn’t want to play. Cast includes Frank Nelson. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (6-1-41) “Appointment” is the fifth show in the series-within-a-series “Twenty-Six By Corwin,” written and directed by and starring Norman Corwin. A prisoner escapes from a concentration camp and plans revenge again the commandant. Cast includes Everett Sloane, Paul Stewart, Arthur Vinton, Ed Mayehoff, Tom Tully, Norman Lloyd, House Jamison. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)


Read the article about Edward G. Robinson in the Summer 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
BIG TOWN (10-26-37) The second show of the series, with Edward G. Robinson as Steve Wilson, managing editor of the Illustrated Press, with Claire Trevor as reporter Lorelei Kilburn. When the newspaper is sued for libel, Steve resorts to underhanded measures to have the suit withdrawn. Rinso, CBS. (29 min)
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (2-3-50) “The Sea Wolf” starring Edward G. Robinson in a radio re-creation of his 1941 film. The story of a brutal but educated sea captain, engaged in a battle of wits with a passenger rescued at sea. Cast includes Paul Frees, Herb Butterfield. RCA Victor, NBC. (29 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (10-7-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, announcer Ken Carpenter, Lou Bring and the Orchestra and guest Edward G. Robinson, who re-creates his gangster persona for Al. Songs include “Baby Face” and “A Tree in the Meadow.” Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
THIS IS HOLLYWOOD (12-7-46) “The Stranger” starring Edward G. Robinson and Ruth Hussey in a radio adaptation of the 1946 film. Robinson re-creates his role as an investigator whose search for a Nazi war criminal leads him to a small Connecticut town. Cast includes Gerald Mohr. Hedda Hopper hosts. Camay, CBS. (29 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (1-30-45) Broadcasting from Drew Field, Tampa, Florida, with Jerry Colonna, Frances Langford, Skinnay Ennis and the Orchestra, announcer Jay Wesley and guest Edward G. Robinson, who asks Bob to contribute to the March of Dimes. Skinnay sings “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time.” Pepsodent, NBC. (29 min)
SUSPENSE (9-30-48) “The Man Who Wanted to Be Edward G. Robinson” starring Edward G. Robinson in a dual role, as himself and as a mild-mannered milquetoast who is inspired to murder his wife when he sees an Edward G. Robinson movie. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)


MYSTERY IN THE AIR (9-11-47) “The Queen of Spades” starring Peter Lorre in a radio version of the story by Alexander Pushkin. A German soldier becomes convinced that an old woman has the secret to winning at cards. Henry (Harry) Morgan announces, with Lurene Tuttle, Peggy Webber, Jack Edwards, Ben Wright, Rolfe Sedan, Luis Van Rooten, Stan Waxman. Camel Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (2-23-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson as Wallace Wimple and the Old-Timer, Isabel Randolph as Mrs. Uppington, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee has plans to play poker at the Elks’ Club but doesn’t want Molly to know. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
ESCAPE (4-7-50) “Ambassador of Poker” starring Elliott Reid as a gambler from Virginia who finds himself playing cards with a Chinese warlord. Cast includes William Conrad, John Dehner, Lucille Meredith, Benson Fong, Ben Wright. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-17-46) With Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Artie Auerbach as Mr. Kitzel, Mel Blanc, and guests Leo Durocher and Ronald and Benita Colman. Jack, Phil, Dennis and Mr. Kitzel play a game of bridge while Jack awaits a visit from Leo. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
FRONTIER GENTLEMAN (3-30-58) “Gentle Virtue” starring John Dehner as J. B. Kendall, reporter for the London Times. Kendall plays his first game of poker and wins a most unusual prize. Cast: Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Jack Kruschen, Ben Wright, Charlie Lung. John Wald announces. AFRTS rebroadcast. (23 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET (1-23-49) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star, with John Brown, Janet Waldo, Henry Blair, Tommy Bernard, Lurene Tuttle, Mary Jane Croft. Ozzie has a new book of card tricks and insists on demonstrating his skill to everyone. Verne Smith announces. International Silver, NBC. (29 min)

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